Saturday, April 05, 2008

Been awhile...

Been awhile since I have posted some of my favourite Brickshelf finds...

Posted by Johnnytang, check out their creations here. Transformers... there is more than meets the eye, and in this case, I love all the little details, like the wiper blades on the front "windows".

Posted by RebelRock, check out their creations here. Not only is it funny and relevant (well aside from the undead part), I also love how they have added their own design (Cafe Corner standard) seamlessly (aka, some just do not blend as well as this one does) between the Cafe and the Market Street.

Posted by mijasper, check out their creations here. Love the theme, and the microscopes are brilliant, much like his other work.

Friday, April 04, 2008

Old School Nintendo

Often I like to take a break from "big" projects, and do what I call "one day builds"... which means a MOC that needs to be completed in one sitting. The "joy" of these projects are not only their simplicity but also the fact that you have to make it work with your existing collection, and for me (someone who places way too many Bricklink orders) that means saving money and just enjoying the process of building.

Thursday, April 03, 2008


So glad Lego caught it... and thanks to all the work behind the scenes that Jake did to get them there. Way to go Community Guy!

This presentation
is really worth a watch. (If you are clueless when it comes to the Cluetrain... this article will set a few things straight...

I love some of the points he makes (been trying to make a few myself over the years) "5% of the audience... but the powerful message they make", and laughed and nodded along with things especially around "secrets" and "NDAs".

"Oops, sorry, cant talk about that"... "$250 spectrometer" ...OMG too funny!

So Jake, 3 guys walk into a bar.... errr I mean BrickFest... the CEO, the Lawyer, and Marketing Manager... (wink!)

Wednesday, April 02, 2008

Honey, I shrunk the Town Plan...

Happy Birthday Lego...

For the 50th Birthday (Anniversary) of the "Brick" (1958-2008) Lego released ....
The Town Plan ...

From the S@H website...

Celebrate 50 years of LEGO bricks!

Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the modern LEGO brick with this special-edition update of the classic Town Plan set! Completely redesigned with the best of modern bricks, details and design, the all-new Town Plan features a 1950s-style gas station with pumps, carwash and garage, a town hall with a newly-married couple, a movie theater with ticket booth, seats and posters, 2 automobiles, 8 minifigures, rare LEGO colors and elements, and more.
  • Includes a letter from company owner Kjeld Kirk Kristiansen, who appeared as a kid on the original Town Plan box and returns on this one!
  • Includes 3 gold bricks to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the LEGO brick!

I purchased this set recently, and enjoyed building it with a good friend of mine (non-afol). I built the Town Hall and Theatre, and she built the Gas Station over an afternoon of gossip, coffee and building.

Anyhow, the box is cool (at least for an AFOL) because ...

not only is the gas station based on an old set...
but as you can see... Keld STILL loves plaid!!!!

Although the box art did had a bit of an impact on my family. Prior to building it, the glorious box sat upright on the kitchen table so I could enjoy its beauty at a glance. My youngest walked in and said "Woah, OLD GUY on a box of Lego, weird!" and my eldest walked in and said "Hey, dont I know that guy???" (Yes, he does, he met him at a Brick Event in 2004)

In the mean time, I have also been working on my latest Micro Layout, (phase three) for an upcoming show in April.

So without further adieu...

I present... Honey, I shrunk the Town Plan!

More pics can be found here.

I also shrunk .... this most recent impulse set which was pretty small to begin with, but way to big for the new layout. It still needs some work on the front grill.

As well, an Robinson 44 (tour guide Heli) which needs its tail extended and will have its propeller rotating on the display over the cable cars taking is power from the cable car run.

You can find the rest (both old and new) of my micro here.
Note - Many buildings have been rebuilt and tweaked for my most recent layout. I have finally designed a modular system for laying out my micro. A standard which I hope to document in the near future.